U.S. based Bret Truchan (d.compose) is an extremely talented experimental artist that shows how far dark electronics have evolved to this day. Detailed morphing soundtextures combined with a great sense of chaotic compositional subtlety bring the d.compose listening experience to a uniquely high level, as only fortunates that have heard his groundbreaking album "Seed" (out on Unmediated Productions) already know. Seamlessly and most of the time unconsciously transforming from one obscure passage to the next, it is hard to keep up with d.compose's overwhelming mental projection, and in that way he doesn't only urge you to forget what just happened and enjoy the moment, but also to have you listening over and over again since this stuff hardly gets boring.
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Next, none other than Exclipsect, who has already earned his respect as an artist in the rhythmic noise scene, took on one of d.compose's tunes and turned it into a hard industrial noise track.
To wrap it up, Duncan Avoid approached d.compose's soundsources through strange timbre shifts and infinitely self-combusting objects in abstract "Cybernetics"-style.
February 11, 2005
This wonderfully dark album reminds me of the first times I heard Nine Inch Nails. Quality industrial/electronica is hard to find, especially in the Netlabel archives, and so finding this album is quite a treat.
If you enjoy this music, also check out The Wretch on Magnatune.com (Creative Commons Licensed, so dont worry about it being RIAA). Good stuff.
January 21, 2004
review by erik mcguire (www.hypothemic.com)
d.compose has released online a brief, high-quality collage of dark electronic mutilations that teases with the schizoid genius that will hopefully come soon in full-length form. analysis is composed of 2 fresh tracks, a track from the brilliant album seed, and two remixes: from the talented artist exclipsect and from groundbreaking newcomers duncan avoid.
the first song, threshold, presents a semi-rhythmic fluctuation of ricocheting beats and strains of deconstructed noise sequences forming queer, discontinuous melodies. following, in compound eye, the addition of a segment of disturbing, manipulated vocals crawling across broken sound fragments, sluicing through stereo channels with delicate threads of clear & cogent synthesizer, induces a delectably apprehensive filmic amalgam. d.compose is quite proficient at weaving intense sensations of an alien, implacable horror--sensations augmented by hints of submerged humanity.
the first remix--by exclipsect--contains a faster-paced syncopation of distorted percussion, interspersed with whirring drones and beautifully collapsing sonic structures. finally, duncan avoid creates a broad scape of endlessly re-iterating sounds; polished, enveloping fractal montages punctuated unpredictably by deep anchoring beats.